Book Review: The Summer House of Happiness by Daisy James

Release date: 31st May 2018
Publisher: HQ Digital
Twitter: @daisyjamesbooks

Daisy James always makes me smile. I adore her books and The Summer House of Happiness is another one of hers that I can tick off my list and place in the heartwarming, hug a book pile. 

A blessing not a curse.

We did a post not too long ago for the #dolcevitabloggers about Italian culture shock. There wasn't much about Italy that shocked us with us having grown up with Italian Grandparents, so instead we wrote about traits we feel we possess because of our Italian blood. We forgot a very important one, which I wanted to talk about today...

EBook Publication Day Party: Thank you!!

This past Saturday evening felt like Christmas Eve for me. After an evening of toasting marshmallows and watching movies with my sisters, I got in to bed feeling somewhat in wonder of what Sunday would bring.

Book Review: How To Bake A New Beginning by Lucy Knott.

                           Release Date: 9th September (Kindle)
Publisher: HQ Digital
                                Twitter: @lucycknott @theblossomtwins

I've probably said this next sentence over 50 times in the last few months and I know I've got plenty more left in me: I am so, so incredibly proud of my sister. Can you believe I'm actually sat here writing a book review for her DEBUT BOOK? Actually I can believe it! 

Dolce Vita Bloggers: Favourite Recipe.

This months Dolce Vita Bloggers topic is: Favourite recipe. Our answer to that is: that's impossible! Every time someone asks us what our favourite food is we always have to answer with Nanna and Grandad's cooking. Just saying Italian food isn't good enough, because if you're not in Italy or your Grandparents house, it's never really the same.

"How to Bake a New Beginning" Sabrina's Playlist!

I can't believe it's only a week away until my debut novel 'How to Bake a New Beginning' is published. I'm not sure its actually sunk in yet, it doesn't quite feel real, but I am a mixture of bubbly nerves and excitement none the less.

5 ideas for self care!

It's very much been a month of having to get my life in order and really learn to take care of myself. Today I thought I would share some of the ways in which I have been paying more attention to my Self Care. I hope that if any of you are going through some difficult times that it will help you too!

One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato Croquettes.


A good few weeks ago now, I was sat curled up on the couch at Nanna and Grandad's, asking Nanna about a few recipes I wanted to try out. It was wonderful listening to her animatedly telling me what to write down in my little notepad. I couldn't write fast enough! One of the recipes she told me was for Croquette Potatoes. She was so excited, telling me how delicious they are and that she hadn't had them in a long time. When I remembered the few occasions I had, had them I couldn't have agreed more. I left her house vowing to make them especially for her as a surprise and even though it's taken me a few weeks, I finally did it! 

*UPDATED! Book Review: The Mysterious Lord Millcroft by Virginia Heath. PLUS A Giveaway!


Release Date: 23rd August 2018
Publisher: Mills and Boon
Twitter: @VirginiaHeath_

Happy Publication Day Virginia Heath!! 

So, today is publication day for The Mysterious Lord Millcroft by Virginia Heath. I'm super excited about it and cannot wait to share my review. However, I'm going to be honest and tell you that I'm only half way through the book right now. I've been a pretty bad bookworm lately. There's been a lot going on and I just haven't found the time to read as much as I want to. That being said, the good news is, I am absolutely enthralled in this book. 

Book Review: Six Weeks With A Lord by Eve Pendle.

Release Date: 25th June 2018
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Twitter: @evependle

Firstly, I must apologize to Eve Pendle, because I've been a little behind with reading this book that she so kindly sent me. I finally got round to it though and it was worth the wait! I couldn't put it down! 

25 Things We Love About Our 'Little' Sister.

Today marks the day that we should really stop calling our 'Little' sister our 'Little' sister! Today she turns twenty-five...twenty-five!!!! Where has the time gone?? In reality though she's always going to be our 'Little' sister, so we can't promise anything!

'Everything you see I owe to Spaghetti.'

Last night I was having one of those nights where I was missing my Grandad and on a little path of getting down about it and staring at the wall feeling sad for the evening. Then before I knew it Grandad's face appeared in my head, I was getting out his pasta maker from the cupboard and pulling out the ingredients I needed to whip up a fresh batch of pasta.

Author Interview: Vivian Conroy.

We absolutely love getting to interview authors here on our blog. It's always so much fun delving into the minds of the wonderful people behind some of our favourite reads. Last year I stepped out of my usual book genre and into the world of Murder Mystery, thanks to Vivian Conroy, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. 'Death plays a Part' was an awesome read and I currently have the second installment, 'Rubies in the Roses' on my Kindle ready to dive into next. (I'm currently just being a slow coach with my TBR pile) With Vivian due to have her tenth book 'The Butterfly Conspiracy' published on Friday, we thought we would celebrate by getting to know Vivian in this little Q and A! Enjoy!

Dolce Vita Bloggers: Culture Shock.


Having Grandparents who are Italian, meant that we visited Italy for the first time when we were four. All of our Mum's side of the family still live there, so a few of our holidays growing up were spent visiting them all. We saw Sorrento, Positano, Praiano, Vettica, Padova and Venice all before we were 15. Pretty amazing right?

'How to Bake a New Beginning' Travel Guide!

I had so much fun introducing you to my leading ladies from 'How to Bake a New Beginning' last week in my look book. So, today I thought I would bring you into Amanda, Sabrina and Louisa's worlds a little more by taking a look at the destinations you will be travelling to upon publication day.

Book Review: Beguiled By The Forbidden Knight by Elisabeth Hobbes.

Release Date: 31st May 2018
Publisher: Mills and Boon
Twitter: @elisabethhobbes

My head has been a little all over the place lately and I've found myself not being able to concentrate on books. I've been unable to focus or give them my full attention, which has left me feeling disconnected from the story in front of me. Then I picked up 'Beguiled By The Forbidden Knight' by Elisabeth Hobbes and BAM! my happy little bookworm head returned!!! 

Nonno knows best!

It's not often that words fail us, in fact it's pretty much never, but trying to put into words the thoughts going on in our minds when sitting down to write this post, actually had us a little stumped. This coming Sunday will be one year since our Grandad passed, and honestly, we can't quite believe we have had a whole year without him. To hear his voice and cuddle him and talk to him about all that has gone on this past year would be rather wonderful right now.

'How to Bake a New Beginning': Look book!

I can't believe we're only a month and a little bit away from publication day for my first book 'How to Bake a New Beginning'. I think I keep using the same words to describe how I am feeling; incredibly excited and extremely nervous. I'm really hoping you all love it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Book Review: The Single Mums' Picnic Club by Jennifer Joyce.


Release Date: 8th June 2018
Publisher: HQ Digital
Twitter: @writer_jenn

Get your picnic baskets, cooler bags and lunchboxes out from the back of the cupboard because you're going to want them after reading Jennifer Joyce's latest book! It's packed (get it) with everything you could possibly want for a summer read; wonderful friendships, dreamy romance, cute kids and delicious food! 

Book Review: Lord Stanton's Last Mistress by Lara Temple.

Release Date: 31st May 2018
Publisher: Mills and Boon
Twitter: @laratemple1

Sometimes you just need a good historical romance story to change it up a little and delve into another era. I'm lucky because whenever I feel like this is what I need, I have an array of fantastic historical romance authors to choose from, Lara Temple being one of them. Lara knows just how to hook me in and keep me entertained and I love her for it.

Blog at the Beach: Social Media Tips.


On Saturday we went to our first blogger event here in the U.K. As always we were a little anxious about getting there, meeting new people and not knowing what to expect, but we needn't have been worried at all (isn't that usually the case?) as Ice Lolly Holiday threw a great party and we met some wonderful people. We had a lovely day...and ate wood fired pizza! #Winning! 

Dolce Vita Bloggers: Our Dolce Vita.

When thinking about this month's #DolceVitaBloggers topic, we knew that the majority of things that we were going to say would be very simple and straightforward, after all, it truly is the little things in life that mean the most. Therefore in the hopes of doing something a little different, we had the marvelous idea of sharing Our Sweet Life with you in shopping list form. All of the things on it are the ingredients that make our life sweet! 

Book Review: How (Not) to Date A Prince by Zoe May.


Release Date: 4th May 2018
Publisher: HQ Digital
Twitter: @zoe_writes

If you read our interview with Zoe May a week ago, you'll know that I was super excited to get my nose stuck into her second book; How (Not) To Date A Prince. I saved it to read on the plane to Italy and am so glad I did, because it made time fly by!!

72 Hours in Pisa.

Earlier this week, we took a trip to Pisa, Italy. It was our first holiday to Italy that didn't involve going to see family and/or having someone with us who could speak the language, thus meaning I was slightly nervous. Silly right, considering it's a place frequented by tourists and most people there speak English? I don't know, I tend to put a lot of pressure on myself regarding the fact that with Nanna and Grandad being Italian, I feel like I should be fluent! I'll get there...piano, piano! (Slowly, slowly)

An Interview with Author Zoe May.

I've only read Zoe May's debut novel, Perfect Match, and I already know she is going to be a regular feature on my kindle/bookshelf. Her second book, How (not) to Date A Prince, is currently waiting to be read and I cannot wait. It's going to be my plane read this weekend. Zoe's writing reminds me very much of Portia MacIntosh and we all know how I feel about her! :) She is definitely an author to keep an eye on and add to your list! I hope you enjoy finding out more about Zoe in today's interview! 

Mum's Chopped Salad.

Our Mum started making this dish quite a few years ago now, probably when we moved house and started having Nanna and Grandad round for Christmas and special occasion meals. It's really very simple and yet it goes down a treat every time. Everyone looks forward to it and we are left with a table of empty plates...until the next course is served!  

Book Review: One Summer In Italy by Sue Moorcroft.


Release Date: 17th May 2018
Publisher: Avon
Twitter: @suemoorcroft

I just can't help myself; when I see a book related to Italy I have to read it! I saw this one on Netgalley and it sounded right up my street, so thank you to the lovely people at Avon for letting me add it to my list!

Happy Father's Day Q & A.

We have shared many a blog post on our amazing Dad, from trips we have taken together, things he has taught us over the years and of course, his passing down his love of the classics on to us. Today, in honor of Father's Day, we thought we'd let you hear from the man himself, with a little Q & A!

How to live the life of your dreams.

Okay, so I'm not about to sit here and give you step by step instructions on how you can live the life of your dreams - I'll leave that to my brother in law, who wrote an awesome book about it. - but  I woke up at five this morning and felt inspired to write, and these were the first words that popped into my head.

An Interview with Author Virginia Heath.


I can't quite believe it's taken me so long to get Virginia Heath on our blog! Her stories have me giggling to myself, her Wild Warriners make me swoon and I absolutely adore seeing her books on my bookshelf. I am delighted that I discovered her, because my world is a much better place for it! I hope you enjoy this interview and please do pick up one of her books, they are rather wonderful! 

Book Review: No Way Back by Kelly Florentia.


Release Date: 21st September 2017
Publisher: Urbane Publications
Twitter: @kellyflorentia

I wanted to start by saying Thank you to Kelly Florentia for getting in touch with me about 'No Way Back.' Just by looking at the cover, I wouldn't necessarily have chosen this book to read; it looks a little more mysterious than i'm used to, but you know what they say - never judge a book by it's cover, so i'm very grateful to Kelly for giving me a chance to read it.

Dolce Vita Bloggers: Italy's hidden gem!

We can't boast to having visited many places in Italy, but we are working on that. However, we can boast that having family from Praiano, along the famous Amalfi Coast, often means we don't need to visit anywhere else! With it's breathtaking views, cute cobbled streets, quaint villages and, of course, our family, Praiano has everything we could possible want/need.

Book review: Looking for Trouble by Lara Ward Cosio!

Release date: 22nd May 2018
Publisher: Rogue Publications
Twitter: @laracosio

I've said it before and I'll quite happily shout from the roof tops, do a book happy dance and say it again... I LOVE Lara Ward Cosio's Rouge Series! It's bloody brilliant!!!! I had to get that extra bit British then to really enforce my flipping love for this awesome collection.

Book Review: Summer Secrets at the Apple Blossom Deli by Portia MacIntosh.


Release Date: 18th May 2018
Publisher: HQ Digital UK
Twitter: @portiamacintosh 

You may notice that this book is currently sat in our Book of the Month spot, so you can probably gather that there's a pretty good chance that I enjoyed it...but you would be wrong...I didn't enjoy it...

Book review: Who needs Men Anyway by Victoria Cooke.

Release Date: 2nd April 2018
Publisher: HQ Digital
Twitter: @VictoriaCooke10

It's been a while since I read Victoria Cooke's debut novel 'The Secret to Falling in Love' and I have been meaning to get my act in gear and catch up with her most recent releases, 'The Holiday Cruise' and 'Who needs Men anyway?' for a little while now, as I thoroughly enjoyed her debut. 'Who needs Men anyway?' did not disappoint. 

Book Review: The Purrfect Pet Sitter by Carol Thomas.


Release Date: 24th April 2018
Publisher: Ruby Fiction
Twitter: @carol_thomas2

When Carol Thomas got in touch about reviewing 'The Purrfect Pet Sitter,' it sounded like too much fun to pass up, so I had to add it to my TBR pile. I'm so glad I did, because I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish.

Simple Sweetcorn Fritters!

We feel like we probably say this a lot, but if we could sum up our childhood in a dish there's a 99.9% possibility that we would say this one. The squeals it elicited are second to none...but then again, we don't think there's a dish that Nanna and Grandad prepared for us that didn't have us jumping for joy, doing some sort of odd dance move or making some high pitched noise.

So, I wrote a book...


This GIF though! It's kind of my expression right now, like 'Yep, me!! I wrote a book!' I've very much been in dream land since it was announced on Friday.

Book Review: Tempted By The Billionaire Next Door by Therese Beharrie.

Release Date: 3rd May 2018
Publisher: Mills and Boon True Love
Twitter: @theresebeharrie

I'm back with another book from the lovely Therese Beharrie. This one was rather a unique story and had me intrigued, so I couldn't refuse the chance to read it, when Therese got in touch with me. Thank you Therese!

Sharing our Dreams.

One of our biggest dreams in life is to publish our family cookbook. It's quite scary writing that and sort of 'saying it out loud,'. However, it's something we feel we should hold our heads high a little more confidently with now and proclaim that we are in fact going to make this dream a reality. We know it's something we have touched on in the odd tweet here and there, but actually writing it on our blog feels a touch nerve wrecking. We don't want to fail.

How lovely yellow is!

A few months back I wrote a post on my style inspiration and not much has changed since then. Harry Styles has continued to mesmerize me with his outfit choices. It has been so much fun waiting to see what he is wearing each night of his tour via the wonderful world of social media. I would be hard pressed to pick a favourite ensemble, though Manchester's red suit is up there, because we got to experience it live! 

Cheesecake di ricotta al caffe.

It's half 11 in the morning and I'm in Padova, Italy, in our Auntie's kitchen. She's whipping up a simple yet delicious lunch, while Antonella Clerici is chatting to her guests about what they are going to be cooking in the La Prova del Cuoco studio that morning. My sister Jen and I are trying to divide our attention between the beautiful produce on our TV screen and the heavenly smells coming from the kitchen. It's a wonderful moment in our day, and one that we will repeat over the next few days of our trip.

Book Review: One Summer In Rome by Samantha Tonge.


Release Date: 9th May 2018
Publisher: HQ Digital
Twitter: @samtongewriter

After not long getting back from a trip to Italy, I still very much feel like I am in Italian mode, then again I'm never really out of it, if I'm being honest! I love anything and everything to do with the beautiful country, so reading Samantha Tonge's new book leading into Summer was a no brainer. 

Dolce Vita Bloggers: Five Italian Words.


Growing up with Italian grandparents has meant we've always, always, been surrounded by the beauty that is the Italian language. While we didn't learn to become fluent as kids, we still knew the very basics - we were always proud that we could count to ten in Italian - and could still acknowledge certain words our Nanna and Grandad said.

Goodnight Sweetheart.


Ever since our sister Jen played 'Say what I feel' to us, six years ago, after she heard The Overtones sing it live on Dancing on Ice, I have loved this band unconditionally. I hadn't bothered about buying albums, watching music videos or catching live television appearances since our Good Charlotte days, but that all changed the moment I heard this five piece vocal harmony group. All of a sudden, from that day forward I had a favourite band, again, and I couldn't get enough of them.

Book Review: A Warriner To Seduce Her by Virginia Heath.


Release Date: 3rd May 2018
Publisher: Mills and Boon
Twitter: @VirginiaHeath_

Would any bookworm out there just confirm with me that it's okay to messy cry over a series ending? I can feel a huge book hangover coming on, I just know it, but I don't know what to do about it! I feel tears are inevitable when thinking about my wonderful Wild Warriners and how I won't get to visit Markham Manor anymore!! Unless...Virginia...I saw you talking about a legacy?...maybe?...pretty please...I'll just leave that here...please?!! 

Book Review: Lady Cecily And The Mysterious Mr Gray by Janice Preston.


Release Date: 3rd May 2018
Publisher: Mills and Boon
Twitter: @janicegpreston

Oooh this book was dangerous!! For all the right reasons and I adored everything about it! Janice Preston just gets better and better and I know my kindle is happy when I have at least one of her books in line to read. 

72 Hours in Italy: Day 3.


Day three of our Italy trip definitely made me feel like an excited little blogger. We took a trip to Verona, where our cousin lives and works. While I didn't wear any cute outfits and take any pictures of me (maybe one day) I felt like quite the photographer taking pictures of the stunning views and quirky side streets. In short, Verona was beautiful and I'm so happy we got to spend some time there.

72 Hours in Italy: Days 1 and 2.

The last time I was in Padova, Italy, was 14 years ago! 14 years!! It seems so strange that a place I haven't been to for over a decade could feel so familiar and so homely. From our Auntie's street, to her humble little kitchen, to the pizzeria we once visited, it all bought back memories and a feeling of great comfort.

The Lonesome Traveler!

One direction- 1D- music- travel

Last Saturday, for the first time in thirty years, I experienced a long haul flight all on my lonesome. Between the trying my best to not look like a lost puppy in the airport without Kelly by my side and my realization of the fact that Kelly is the organized twin, usually leads the way and actually reads signs and fine print, I managed not to forget anything, have a rather pleasant journey and make it to Florida in one piece. #Winning

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